Commercial Kitchen Equipment Auction at The Careport Expo Centre

Calling all Restaurants, Caterers and Serious Foodies!

The Careport Expo Centre is hosting a Commercial Kitchen Equipment Auction on Wednesday November 14, 2012. Quality equipment for amazing prices!

 

Commercial Kitchen Equipment Auction at The Careport Expo Centre

Commercial Kitchen Equipment Auction at The Careport Expo Centre

For a complete auction listing including photos, please visit Commercial Kitchen Equipment Auction at The Careport Expo Centre

Behind the Food: The Courtyard Restaurant

It’s the MOST delicious time of year…Food & Drink Fest time!  The Festival with Taste is returning on March 23, 24 & 25 at The Careport Centre on Longwood Rd. S. Hamilton, Ontario.  Before Food & Drink Fest, we hope to bring you a “behind the scenes” sneak-peak of many of the restaurants, gourmet food options, bakeries, local wineries and breweries.  Getting to know the Chefs, Bakers, Winemakers or the Brewmasters behind our local culinary scene isn’t always an experience we, the foodies, are privy to  have. The team at Food & Drink Fest believes that it is an important and organic step in a foodie’s culinary experience, so we encourage you to read on…then have the opportunity to meet these individuals at the show. If you have any questions of your own, please feel free to them through and we would be happy to ask on your behalf. Cheers!

Company Name: The Courtyard       

The Courtyard on Locke Street, Hamilton

The Courtyard on Locke Street, Hamilton

http://www.thecourtyardonlocke.com/

Q: Three adjectives to describe your Culinary Style

A: Local, Organic, and French Inspired

Q: What made you fall in love with food?

 A: The owners Stephen Bernstein, and son Bob Bernstein, have had the distinct pleasure of living on the farm Willow Pond in Dundas, which supplies the restaurant with some of its local and organic fare. Stephen Bernstein, has taken groups to Paris France for the last 10 years, and has always been impressed with the French Cuisine. The two of them decided to begin a restaurant that while maintaining close ties to local markets, could tackle the amazing world of French cooking.

Courtyard's owners Bob & Stephen on one of their inspiring trips to France

Courtyard’s owners Bob & Stephen on one of their inspiring trips to France

Q: Most essential Kitchen Tool/Gadget:

A: A knife. A sharp knife.

Q: What is your favourite or most frequently used herb in the kitchen

A: Thyme

Q: What inspires you in the kitchen? (EX: Music (if so, what kind), the season, the ingredients, your customers, the people you work with or is there something else?).  Why do these things inspire you?

 A: There is nothing more satisfying than completing a wonderful Herb Crusted Ontario Rack of Lamb dish, with Celery Root Mashed, Local Mixed Beets and Carrots, and finished with Pan Jus and Port with a stem of rosemary, start to finish. Cooking allows one to experience everything from collecting raw goods, to putting the finishing touches on every dish.

Q: What is your food philosophy? (EX: 100 mile diet, creativity, “always use butter?”)

A: We serve fresh, local and organic fare that will light up your taste buds. Creativity, locally, honesty, healthy, simplicity, are some words that describe our menus.

Q:  What would your ultimate “Last meal” consist of (in a less morbid way, what dish always makes your mouth water? lol). Please include your beverage choices as well as dessert!

A: The Ontario Rack of Lamb mentioned above paired with a glass of Tawse Organic Cab Franc, and finished with a traditional vanilla crème brule.

  

The CourtyardThe Courtyard will be at Food & Drink Fest 2012

Check out The Courtyard Restaurant at 7th Annual Food & Drink Fest…the Festival with Taste in booth #226

March 23, 24 & 25, 2012

The Careport Centre

270 Longwood Rd S., Hamilton

www.FoodandDrinkFest.com

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Behind the Food: The Toasted Tangerine Mobile Sandwich Press

It’s the MOST delicious time of year…Food & Drink Fest time!  The Festival with Taste is returning on March 23, 24 & 25 at The Careport Centre on Longwood Rd. S. Hamilton, Ontario.  Before Food & Drink Fest, we hope to bring you a “behind the scenes” sneak-peak of many of the restaurants, gourmet food options, bakeries, local wineries and breweries.  Getting to know the Chefs, Bakers, Winemakers or the Brewmasters behind our local culinary scene isn’t always an experience we, the foodies, are privy to  have. The team at Food & Drink Fest believes that it is an important and organic step in a foodie’s culinary experience, so we encourage you to read on…then have the opportunity to meet these individuals at the show. If you have any questions of your own, please feel free to them through and we would be happy to ask on your behalf. Cheers!

Company Name: The Toasted Tangerine 

http://thetoastedtangerine.com/

Q: Three adjectives to describe your Culinary Style: Feel good, Delicious, Comfort Food

Q:  What made you fall in love with food?

A: Chef Adrian Tangerine has grown up in the restaurant industry his whole life. Living in a house with a baker, butcher and cook really taught him at a young age that food truly was his passion. Adrian has worked at his family restaurant for the last 15 years and in the last three years taken over the business with his wife and business partner Alyssa Tangerine. Recently they decided to sell their restaurant and continue their devotion for food in the form of a food truck. The Toasted Tangerine Mobile Sandwich Press is a true extension of their passion for food and rock n roll.

The Toasted Tangerine Mobile Sandwich PressThe Toasted Tangerine Mobile Sandwich Press

Q:  Most essential Kitchen Tool/Gadget

A: Sharp Chef’s knife

A: What is your favourite or most frequently used herb in the kitchen?

A: A dash of this and a pinch of that lol!

Q:  In your opinion, what is the most underrated ingredient in the kitchen?

A: Mustard

Q: What inspires you in the kitchen?

A: Music- Specifically Led Zeppelin any song and every song! Led Zeppelin is a band with such a variety of sounds- from heavy drum solos to ballad acoustic love songs. This variety inspires me to constantly add new flare and flavour to my cooking.

Q: Aside from your own restaurant, what’s the best thing you have ever ate locally? It can be from a restaurant or a dinner party. Please include the name of the dish and if it is a restaurant, please include their name.

 A: Crispy Beef- Faley’s in Rexdale, ON http://www.faleyrestaurant.com/

Q: What is your food philosophy?

A: Great food, great people, great music.

Q: What would your ultimate “Last meal” consist of (in a less morbid way, what dish always makes your mouth water? lol). Please include your beverage choices as well as dessert!

For her: Crispy beef, Fettuccine Alfredo, freshly baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and Dr.Pepper cherry.

For him: 20 oz cowboy steak medium rare, crispy beef, side of our Mango Jalapeno coleslaw, skip dessert and give me a whiskey;)

Toasted Tangerine Team: Alyssa & Chef Adrian TangerineToasted Tangerine Team: Alyssa & Chef Adrian Tangerine

Check out The Toasted Tangerine at 7th Annual Food & Drink Fest…the Festival with Taste in booth #140

March 23, 24 & 25, 2012

The Careport Centre

270 Longwood Rd S., Hamilton

www.FoodandDrinkFest.com

 

 

New Location, But Same Great Taste!

7th Annual Food & Drink Fest...the Festival with Taste moves to The Careport Centre

 7th Annual Food & Drink Fest…the Festival with Taste has a New Location.

March 23, 24, & 25, 2012~The Careport Centre, Hamilton

2012’s Festival with Taste is excited to announce their move to The Careport Centre, located at 170 Longwood Road South in McMaster Innovation Park Hamilton, Ontario. While the team at Food & Drink Fest is sad to say goodbye to their home at Copps Colsieum, we felt it was time to take the plunge and move the event to the bigger and more functional Careport Centre. There will be many advantages that come with moving the event to The Careport Centre, which is the region’s largest up and coming trade show and convention facility. Some of those advantages include:

  • FREE Parking for both exhibitors and customers
  • Over 30,000 square feet of extra space. (allowing exhibitors to expand their presence at the show)
  • Everything will be on one floor and in one space
  • More loading docks and easier access for exhibitors to load-in and load-out
  • Ability to handle an increase in attendance while at the same time making larger and more comfortable aisles
  • Larger indoor crunch area for Food & Drink goers if lines get large. (Very important in inclement weather!)
  • Ability to move people faster into the show. (Helping to minimize wait times at rush hours and gives our Food & Drink guests the best experience possible)
  • Easy access off of Hwy 403 for exhibitors and consumers coming in locally and  from out of town,
  • Much more flexibility to evolve the event while still maintaining an intimate, interesting and fun atmosphere
  • Very accessible public transportation to the facility
  • In walking distance for visitors and university faculty and students that reside in the west end and downtown core of Hamilton.

The team has already begun the exhibitor rebooking process and several of Food & Drink culinary attractions have returned! Such fan favs as La PiazzaRidge Road WineryHot MamasBig Rock BreweryTwisted LemonMy ThaiCreemore SpringsWellington Brewery,Caroline CellarsDymentsVineland Estates, Cupcake Diner  and many more have already reserved their booth locations for Food & Drink Fest 2012.

All and all Food & Drink Fest 2012 is already promising to be another fun, delicious night on the town! Be sure to come and visit us at our new digs: The Careport Centre, March 23, 24, & 25, 2012

For Consumer or Exhibit Information, please feel free to contact Shannon or Jennifer at any time

7th Annual Food & Drink Fest…the Festival

March 23, 24 & 25, 2012

The Careport Centre, Hamilton, Ontario

P: 905-524-3689

info@FoodandDrinkFest.com

www.FoodandDrinkFest.com

www.TheCareportCentre.com 

Fans of Chuck Hughes will not be disappointed at Food & Drink Fest this weekend!

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Celebrity Chef Chuck Hughes will be appearing on stage at this year’s Food & Drink Fest… The Festival with Taste at Copps Coliseum on Sunday at both 1 and 3 pm. Most famous for his hit show on the Food Network “Chuck’s Day Off”, Montreal native Chuck Hughes has become a household name; bringing outright talent, sex appeal and fun back to the kitchen. Most recently, Chuck took down the competition, Bobby Flay, in Kitchen Stadium on the Network’s show “Iron Chef”. At age 34, he is only the second Canadian chef to emerge victorious with a score of 45-41. He is also the first Canadian to beat the illustrious Flay, the youngest Canadian and first Quebec chef to compete on the show.  To fans of Chuck and attendees to this weekend’s Food & Drink Fest this is all good news! Why? Because the secret ingredient with which Chuck brought home the title of Iron Chef is the very same he will prepare on stage Sunday at Food & Drink Fest! LOBSTER! Not only is this a popular staple fare at his Montreal restaurant, but it is also one of Hughes’ personal favorites (he has a big tattoo of the crustacean on his forearm!) So needless to say, those who nab a seat in the cooking demonstration area Sunday at Copps Coliseum will not be disappointed!

Chuck’s Menu is as follows:

  • Beef TarTar  with local cheeses, olives and bread
  • Jerk Lobster
  • Maple Syrup Pie (His Mom’s Recipe!)

Chuck and his honorary at-show sous chef Tracy Winkworth from the Belworth House in Waterford will be showcasing a number of local ingredients in their recipes, with offerings from Jensen Cheese, Sam’s Cheese at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market and Railway City Brewing. Be sure and get your seat, which is FREE with admission to Food & Drink Fest… The Festival with Taste! this weekend, April 8th, 9th and 10th at Copps Coilseum.

Written by Jennifer Odell

Mott’s Clamato Caesar School is in Session!

Mott’s Clamato and the Dean of Caesars, Len Fragomeni are setting up shop at this year’s
Food & Drink Fest… The Festival with Taste!

Be the first to introduce a new Caesar experience to your friends and family this summer by learning four variations on the classic Canadian cocktail.  First created in 1969 in Calgary Alberta, the Caesar quickly became an instant hit with locals. Since then, it has enjoyed rising popularity and taken it’s place among Canadian culture. Somehow a weekend at the cottage just isn’t the same without a  celery ladened pitcher of spicy Casears!
 

Motts Clamato Caesar School

Motts Clamato Caesar School

 

Food and Drink Fest… the Festival with Taste has become the region’s largest food and beverage show of it’s kind. With attendance numbers soaring year over year and involvement from some of the area’s most renowned and highly acclaimed restaurants, wineries and breweries, we are now proud to be hosting Motts Clamato as an added component to the Food & Drink Fest experience. Throughout the three day event we invite people to join Mott’s Clamato and the Dean of Caesars, Len Fragomeni, for a 45-minute class where you get to go behind the bar and learn hands-on, the latest techniques for preparing a Caesar. Enjoy four variations of the classic Canadian cocktail, some savory snacks and take home a special gift from Mott’s Clamato. Be sure to visit the Mott’s Clamato in Booth QA to learn and actively participate in the art of making the perfect Caesar!
Click HERE to pre-register for a Caesar Class

Food & Drink Fest.. The Festival with Taste
April 8th, 9th & 10th
Copps Coliseum
www.FoodandDrinkFest.com

Must be 19 years of age or older to attend. Please drink responsibly

Written by Jennifer Odell

Taste Test Black Fly Coolers in Hamilton & Burlington LCBOs

Hey gang!

Just wanted to give you a heads up that Blackfly Coolers, Ontarios first Micro-Distillery will be hosting tasting sessions at different LCBO’s in and around Hamilton and Burlington.  I have included the LCBO’s they will be visiting.  Also, don’t forget to visit them at the 6th Annual Food & Drink Fest…the Festival with Taste in booth #123.

A little Bit about Black Fly: Made and bottled in London, Ontario, Black Fly Beverage Company is Ontario’s first Micro-Distillery founded by husband and wife Rob Kelly and Cathy Siskind-Kelly in May 2005. Having spent the summers of his youth in Muskoka, Rob drew the name Black Fly from the reputation of the small but determined Canadian insect that like this micro-business can come in under the radar but deliver a mighty bite. The pure wild blueberry juice used in two of the vodka cooler flavours Cranberry/Wild Blueberry and Black Currant/Wild Blueberry also goes to the Black Fly name, as the black fly pollinates wild blueberries. It is truly a proud “Canadian Made” cocktail!

Black Fly Beverage Company

Black Fly Beverage Company

I have personally tried the Cranberry Blueberry and Black Current and Blueberry Vodka Coolers and find both cocktails vibrant in taste and very refreshing (especially with spring and summer just around the corner). They have a new flavour out called Strawberry Rhubarb, which is a great combination in the world of food, so Im excited to try those flavours in a cooler form.  The new flavour will be available to taste at Food & Drink Fest and at select LCBOs.

Another brand new Black Fly drink is their new Premium Pour Cocktail called Black Fly Tequila Sunrise.  This bright and tasty concoction is created from a perfect blend of pure orange, pomegranate juices and genuine Mexican blue agave tequila, which they will also be sampling at select LCBOs.

Since Black Fly products are made using real fruit juices, I don’t find them overly sweet and I have not had to endure the chemical after-taste of artificial sweeteners.  They are a great, colourful drink for your next dinner party and a light alternative to the typical beer and wine choices.

Listed below are some of the LCBO’s and dates and times where you can receive a free sampling of one of Black Flys cocktails and coolersion

LCBO Tasting Locations

Ancaster/Meadowlands LCBO: April 3, 2011-12noon-4pm

Hamilton/Barton St E LCBO: April 7, 2011- 4pm-8pm

Stoney Creek/Rymal Rd E LCBO: April 7, 2011-4pm-8pm

Burlington/Fairview LCBO: April 7, 2011-4pm-8pm

Hamilton/Fennell Ave E LCBO: April 9-11:30am-3:30pm

Waterdown LCBO: April 9 4pm-8pm

Cheers

Shannon

6th Annual Food & Drink Fest 2011

April 8th, 9th & 10th, 2011

Copps Coliseum

www.FoodandDrinkFest.com


Food Drive at Food & Drink Fest…the Festival with Taste!

Calling All Socially Conscience Foodies! We need your help with

Stocking the Shelves for Hamilton Food Share

at 6th Annual Food & Drink Fest…the Festival with Taste!

April 8th, 9thm & 10th, 2011~Copps Coliseum

www.FoodandDrinkFest.com

There are many trends swirling around the world of food right now such as buying local and sticking within a 100 mile diet.  Others include eating raw or organic food or supporting independent restaurants.  All are worthy causes and  should become more a just a trend; but rather a part of our community’s lifestyle.

The team at Food & Drink Fest 2011 also wants to support the local community and promote another important “Foodie Cause” by helping to collect food items so that the less fortunate people of our community also have access to nutritious meals on a regular basis.  6th Annual Food & Drink Fest is encouraging fellow foodies to bring in a few canned goods or nonperishable food items  to the 6th Annual Food & Drink  Fest (April 8, 9, & 10, 2011 at Copps Coliseum), to donate to Hamilton Food Share.

Please drop off your canned goods at the ticket office when you buy your tickets for the Food & Drink Fest 2011.  We hope to raise over 2,000 canned goods for Hamilton Food Share. Even if you can’t stay for the show, we welcome all donations.  PLUS, we challenge you to be creative in your donations and bring some healthy and delicious non-perishable food choices with you.  Leave that old can of cream of mushroom soup at home lol!

For more information, please visit http://www.foodanddrinkfest.com/HamiltonFoodShare

Cheers

Shannon

 

 

Food & Drink Fest “Up-Close” with Cupcake Diner

I had a chance to talk to Natalie from The Cupcake Diner.  Aside from making me crave sweet treats, I learned a lot about a revolutionary business right in our own backyard and a little cupcake history…..

Q: Name of Your Company: Cupcake Diner

www.cupcakediner.ca

Natalie, owner and master baker of Cupcake Diner

Natalie, owner and master baker of Cupcake Diner

Q: Describe Your Company using three adjectives: Unique, Trendy, Gourmet…& I have to add Fun!!!

We are the first to bring a mobile cupcake shop to Canada – this is huge for the country! The gourmet food truck craze is ever so present in hip parts of the States such as New York City, Washington, LA and Chicago, so we are right on-trend with this phenomenon. Something Canada has yet to experience until now! We use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to inform our customers of our daily and hourly location.  Our pick cupcake truck comes right to you, serving cupcakes curbside – what would be more fun than that! You can also have the Diner come to your event.

Q: What is your favourite type of beverage to pair with a cupcake: Tea – no question about it! The tartness of the tea balances out the sweetness of the cupcake

Q: Much of your company is inspired by the nostalgia of the1950’s.  Describe what you call the Classic 1950’s Cupcake

Yes, it’s all about the 1950’s! To us, the 50’s represents a time of good old fashion service. Goods are made with care and served with a smile.  Our cupcake, 1950’s Classic is themed on the Hostess Cupcake which in the 50’s really put cupcakes on the map.  The 1950’s Classic is a chocolate cupcake, filled with vanilla cream, frosted with chocolate ganache and topped with swirls of white icing. A timeless indulgence!

Classic Chocolate Cupcake from Cupcake Diner

Classic Chocolate Cupcake from Cupcake Diner

Q: What is your favourite combo of cake and icing? This is a tough one – there are so many! If I had to choose one it would be our Caramel Apple Pie Cupcake – this is our vanilla cupcake with slices of baked apple, gently spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, frosted with vanilla buttercream & topped with a light drizzle of caramel. It has all the elements that make for a great cupcake – Delish!

Q: What is the cake/icing combo you just love and wish people would try more? Any cupcake with fresh fruit! Like Mango or Lemon Blueberry. I think people aren’t used to fresh, quality ingredients such as these in cupcakes. I encourage everyone to try them! – Simply decadent.

Q: What is the most unique or “out there” flavour of cupcake? I would have to say our Cannoli Cream Cupcake. You get all the deliciousness of a cannoli in a cupcake – what could be better!

Q: Aside from cupcakes, what would your ultimate “Last meal” consist of (in a less morbid way, what dish always makes your mouth water? lol) Another tough question to ask a “Foodie” like myself! But, I would have to say my all-time fav, whole wheat penne pasta with grilled veggies, tossed in a light olive oil garlic sauce, topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese. A mixed greens salad and glass of white chardonnay.  A cup of tea and a cupcake for dessert of course!

*In addition to the curbside service Cupcake Diner caters to social events, corporate events and weddings.  They offer: Cupcake Trees, Cupcake Buffets, Fondant Covered Cakes and the Diner live at your event. Your guests will never forget their pink (yes, PINK!) cupcake truck pulling up and serving gourmet cupcakes! They also offer water, pop and coffee on board, as well as custom cupcake toppers, such as company logos and celebratory signs.

Let The Cupcake Diner sweeten up your next event!

The Perfect Gift! YUMM!

The Perfect Gift! YUMM!

Cupcake Diner will be participating in Food & Drink Fest 2011 in booths #195 & 196

Food & Drink Fest 2011

April 8th, 9th & 10th, 2011

Copps Colsieum

April 8: 5pm-10pm, April 9: 1pm-10pm, April 10: 12noon-5pm

www.FoodandDrinkFest.com

There’s a new beer on the block….Molson M

While a glass of wine is usually my go-to drink of choice; a girl certainly can’t say no when a bottle or two of beer happens to cross her path at the end of a really long day. I had the pleasure of trying Molson’s newest brand of beer: Molson M. Not only did I enjoy the experience of drinking the cold full-bodied lager; but the story behind the creation of this beer is also quite interesting.  I’ve included some fast facts about  Molson M for your drinking pleasure.

Molson M to be at Food & Drink Fest 2011

Molson M to be at Food & Drink Fest 2011

Molson M, the Worlds only Microcarbonated lager: Microcarbonization is a revolutionary process implemened by Molson Coors at the company’s brewery on Notre-Dame Street in Montreal, a process during which the beer is injected with CO2 through smaller, finer bubbles with a high level of precision and consistency.

“The injection of smaller CO2 bubbles makes it possible to preserve not only the taste of the hops but also the delicate flavours generated by the yeast during fermentation,” explained Karine Brunelle, brewer with Molson Coors. (explanation from  http://appellationbeer.com/blog)

The Awards: So far, I’m not the only one who seems to enjoy it.  The “real” critics gave it two thumbs up when they awarded Molson M with a Gold Medal in the North American Style Premium Lager category at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards

The Molson team has informed me that they will be bringing Molson M to Food & Drink Fest 2011…the Festival with Taste!  You can try it for yourself by visiting them in booths #124 & 125.

Molson M

Molson M

Cheers,

Shannon

6th Annual Food & Drink Fest 2011

Copps Coliseum

April 8, 9 & 10, 2011

www.FoodandDrinkFest.com